Daniella Santos of the Hilliard Darby girls cross country team continued her winning ways at the Division I, district 2 meet Oct. 19 on her home course.
A week after breaking her own school record in winning the OCC-Cardinal Division title in 17 minutes, 40.5 seconds, the senior finished first of 102 runners in 18:05.3, 14.6 seconds ahead of runner-up Lydia Miller of Thomas Worthington (18:19.9).
"I felt pretty comfortable out there," Santos said. "I wasn't trying to overdo it in terms of time because (this) week's going to be harder, so I was just trying to stay relaxed."
Darby scored 143 points to finish fifth of 14 teams, behind champion Thomas (71). The top six teams and top 24 runners advanced to regional Saturday, Oct. 26, at Pickerington North.
Also scoring for the Panthers were Alivia Cannon (16th, 20:02.3), Jessica Govine (38th, 20:59.1), Krystal Singh (43rd, 21:17.1) and Jane Vulic (45th, 21:18.3).
"Last year, at this point, we didn't make it," girls coach Jon Agriesti said. "Jessica Govine ran really, really well, a (personal record) for her. Jane Vulic ran another good race for us. Libby Canon did great. Krystal Singh is a little banged up. She plugged along. She's not quite where she wants to be. She's a little disappointed."
The boys team will be represented at regional by Sean Carney, who placed 10th of 128 runners in the district 3 meet in 16:17.
The Panthers finished ninth (225) of 18 teams, behind champion Pickerington North (67).
"I was a little disappointed with it," Carney said. "I know I've run better in past weeks. My legs were just a bit heavy and it's not really exactly what I expected. (Qualifying for regional) was the No. 1 goal, so I'm glad I accomplished that. I can't be too disappointed. I get another shot at it."
Also scoring for Darby were Tyler Hessenauer (44th, 17:22.2), Balaji Kuraptai (48th, 17:26.2), Isaiah McCottry (56th, 17:43.2) and Collins Applegate (68th, 18:00.7).
At regional, the top five teams and top 20 runners advance to state Nov. 2 at National Trail Raceway.
Girls soccer team reaches district semi
The girls soccer team picked up a pair of victories in the Division I district tournament last week.
The 19th-seeded Panthers scored twice in the first half on their way to a 3-0 win at 18th-seeded Thomas in a second-round game Oct. 19. That followed a 9-0 win over 37th-seeded Central Crossing in the first round Oct. 16.
Darby was 8-9-1 before playing at sixth-seeded Watterson in a district semifinal Oct. 23. The winner plays third-seeded Olentangy Orange or 13th-seeded Big Walnut in a district final Saturday, Oct. 26, at a site to be determined.
The district champion plays Marysville, Canal Winchester, Gahanna or Pickerington Central in a regional semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 29, at a site to be determined. The regional final is Nov. 2.
Against the Cardinals, Naomi Walters, Sydney Thomas and Caroline Turner scored and Briana Turner made four saves in goal.
"We knew coming out that if we played a full, complete game that we could get it done and I think we played our game for 80 minutes and got the result we wanted," coach Kelsey Prichard said. "Everyone had a really good game. Bri came out and cleaned everything up. (The Cardinals) had very few chances, but she did a good job of cleaning that up."
Maddy Leone had three goals and Carli Rigel and Liz Mielke each scored two against the Comets.
Girls volleyball team advances in tourney
The 22nd-seeded girls volleyball team was 11-12 before playing second-seeded DeSales in a Division I district semifinal Oct. 22 at Whitehall.
The winner faces eighth-seeded Hartley or 13th-seeded Worthington Kilbourne in a district final Saturday, Oct. 26, at Whitehall.
The district champion advances to a regional semifinal Oct. 31 at Kilbourne.
Darby defeated 21st-seeded Newark 25-22, 8-25, 25-16, 25-11 in a second-round match Oct. 16 after having a first-round bye.
Against the Wildcats, Lexi Capka had 12 kills, Olivia Zawadzki had 25 assists and five blocks and Sophia Iosue had 23 digs.
Season ends for boys soccer team
The 26th-seeded boys soccer team lost 1-0 at 18th-seeded Westerville North in the first round of the Division I district tournament Oct. 15 to finish 4-13.
"I think the first half was even between us," coach Kyle Reichle said. "The second half, we played a better brand of soccer. We had a lot more chances and opportunities. It was not the best end of the season. It's not what we wanted, not what the seniors should have gotten."
Junior goalie Brian Watkins had three saves against the Warriors.
The loss followed a strong performance in a 3-2 win over Bradley in the regular-season finale Oct. 10.
"I think we improved as players and as teammates throughout the season," Reichle said. "I think it all came together against Bradley. That was the best game we played by far all season. We were playing as a team and trusting our teammates and we believed in ourselves."
Senior midfielder/forward Zach Jasper led the Panthers with nine goals and had two assists and senior forward Luke Lassiter had four assists and two goals.
Watkins finished the season with 102 saves to anchor the defense and sophomore midfielder Wassim Metatla added four goals.
Other expected returnees include juniors Rahul Ayanampudi (midfielder), Hadj Bah (midfielder), Moses Jawo (defender), Eli Monroe (def-ender), Brandon Reynard (defender), Ron Violante (defender/midfielder) and Colin Walters (midfielder), sophomores Daniel Gajda (defender), Justin Fleischman (midfielder/forward) and Gio Roberts (midfielder) and freshman Jack Thomas (midfielder/forward).
"We're going to have a decent amount of seniors next year, more than we had this year," said Reichle, whose squad had 11 juniors. "I'm just looking for them to learn from this year, take the good and run with it and learn from the bad."